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Prediction game: Round 10 – Hungary

July 23rd, 2009 7 comments

Mark Webber, Hungary, 2008A little later than usual but it’s time for Round 10 of the F1 Buzz Prediction Game.  The Hungarian Grand Prix is only a few days away.

Two weeks ago the German Grand Prix shook up the order and proved that the Championship is not going to be a one (or even two) horse race.

Mark Webber finally scored his first victory after eight years of trying and kept the Brawns on the back foot.  After a couple of races where the White Cars have struggled for grip will the traditionally warm Hungarian Grand Prix allow Button and Barrichello to bounce back or is the Red Bull the best car on the grid now?

The Hungaroring is the scene of Jenson Button’s first victory in 2006 so he is looking forward to the race:

Hungary is always one of my favourite races. Even more so this year as it should finally be a return to some real summer temperatures. The circuit holds some very special memories for me as the venue of my first Formula One win three years ago.

But Webber is hoping Button’s run of good luck has come to an end:

Jenson has had a flawless season, in terms of bad luck or accidents or whatever, and the law of averages says he has to have one of those sooner or later. No-one goes through a whole season like that.

To make your predictions in round 10 of the F1 Buzz prediction game (and be in with a chance to win some nice prizes), just leave a comment on this post with your driver predictions for the race in the following format:

Fastest lap:

Remember, the deadline for entries is start of qualifying on Saturday, that’s 12:00 GMT.

Good luck!

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Mark Webber: f***king beauty!

July 12th, 2009 No comments

Mark Webber, Germany, 2009No other Formula One driver has had to wait so long to score their first Grand Prix victory.  Rubens Barrichello took 124 starts, Jarno Trulli, 117 and Jenson Button, 113.  For Mark Webber it took 130 races and eight years but he finally did it.

And boy was he relieved.

We get a lot more of the radio communications being broadcast now and it’s always interesting to hear the conversations that go on between the teams and drivers.  During the race we hear drivers argue about whether to pit or not or give advice on which tyres to use next.

After the race the director always switches to the winning driver.  Usually there will be much congratulating between team and driver, perhaps with the occasional shout of victory, but of course it is being broadcast live so you can never be sure exactly what is going to be said.

For Mark Webber, as Martin Brundle commented, there was nothing scripted about his reaction to claiming his first Grand Prix victory and becoming only the third Australian ever to win in Formula One.

Best.  Radio communication.  Ever.

Audio MP3

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Webber takes maiden victory at Nürburgring

July 12th, 2009 No comments

Mark Webber, Germany, 2009Fifty years after Jack Brabham won his first Grand Prix race in Monaco and twenty-eight years after Alan Jones’s victory in the US Grand Prix West, Mark Webber has finally broken his Formula One duck.

Despite making contact with both Rubens Barrichello and Lewis Hamilton before the first corner and then suffering a subsequent drive-through penalty, the Australian went on to win the German Grand Prix ahead of team mate Sebastian Vettel.

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa finished third and claimed his first podium of the season.

The third 1-2 finish for Red Bull places the team less than twenty points behind Contructors’ Championship leaders Brawn GP.  It also boosts both Red Bull drivers ahead of Rubens Barrichello in the Drivers’ Championship.  Vettel is 21 points behind Jenson Button and Mark Webber is just 1.5 points behind Vettel.

After eight years in Formula One Mark Webber was clearly delighted to finally win a race:

It’s an incredible day. I wanted to win so badly after Silverstone, as I thought I had a good chance there, then after yesterday’s pole I knew I was in a good position to try and win the race today. The only thing that I thought was going to test me was the rain, but even that held off.

Lewis Hamilton made an incredible KERS assisted start to almost lead going into the first corner but a puncture from clipping Mark Webber’s front wing put an end to any podium hopes he may have had.

Starting from a career-best seventh on the grid Adrian Sutil looked to be having a good day but in shades of last year’s Monaco Grand Prix Kimi Raikkonen turned in on Sutil after the German exited the pits forcing Sutil to stop again for a new nose.  Force India have been looking stronger and stronger this season but it seems their first points will have to wait for another race.

But the most pissed-off driver award goes to Rubens Barrichello.  After taking the lead at the start he finished in sixth behind team mate Jenson Button and his comments after the race clearly show who he thinks is at fault:

I did all I had to do. I went first on the first corner and then they made me lose the race. If it is really what’s going on, we’re going to end up losing both championships. I feel sorry for myself, the team. To be very honest, I wish I could get on the plane and go home. I don’t want to talk to anyone in the team. It will be all ‘blah blah blah’ and I don’t want to hear that.

2009 German Grand Prix Race Results

Pos Driver Team Grid Time Points
1 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1 1:36:43.310 10
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 4 1:36:52.562 8
3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 8 1:36:59.216 6
4 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 15 1:37:04.409 5
5 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 3 1:37:06.919 4
6 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 2 1:37:07.798 3
7 Fernando Alonso Renault 12 1:37:08.166 2
8 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 6 1:37:41.402 1
9 Timo Glock Toyota 20 1:37:44.710 0
10 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 11 1:37:45.210 0
11 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 18 1:37:45.637 0
12 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 13 1:37:46.187 0
13 Nelson Piquet Jr Renault 10 1:37:51.638 0
14 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 16 1:37:52.865 0
15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 7 1:37:55.210 0
16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17 1:38:13.510 0
17 Jarno Trulli Toyota 14 1:38:14.210 0
18 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 5 1:38:14.210 0
RET Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 9 1:38:14.210 0
RET Sebastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 19 1:38:14.210 0

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Webber scores maiden pole in Germany

July 11th, 2009 No comments

Red Bull were ready for the rainMark Webber has score his first pole position in qualifying for Sunday’s German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.

Webber had looked strong in the free practice sessions and in an exciting qualifying session affected by intermittent rain he set a time of 1:32.230, beating Rubens Barrichello to the front of the grid by a bit over a tenth of a second.

Jenson Button will start third alongside local boy Sebastian Vettel on the second row.

After 132 Grands Prix this will be Mark Webber’s first time starting from the front of the grid and he  is clearly fired up to continue the charge and win his first race:

This is a very special day for me. I’ve been close to getting pole a few times in the past, and now we’re here.  The team has done a very good job; I’ve been quick all weekend, but we got really tested today. All the teams and drivers did in that second session – it was very chaotic.

But I’m now in a fantastic position to get my first win. Obviously the Brawns have had a strong season and will push us but we’re up for the fight – I certainly am – and I’m up for trying to win my first race.

McLaren didn’t quite produce the top three finish predicted by Eddie Jordan but a strong fifth and sixth place is a good result for the Woking based team.  The German Grand Prix will be the last big push at developing the MP4-24 with the factory concentrating on next year’s car for the rest of the season.

While his team mate Heikki Kovalainen only had a new front wing, Lewis’s car also had a new diffuser which helped him to the top of the timesheets in free practice.  From fifth on the grid Hamilton is eying a podium:

If it stays dry tomorrow then we’ll definitely be in a good position and we can shoot for the podium for sure.  We could fight the Red Bulls even. I think it will probably be wet though.

Adrian Sutil will be one to watch if it rains.  He produced Force India’s best ever qualifying result of seventh.

2009 Formula One German Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 01:32.230
2 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 01:32.357
3 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 01:32.473
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 01:32.480
5 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 01:32.616
6 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 01:33.859
7 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 01:34.316
8 Felipe Massa Ferrari 01:34.574
9 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 01:34.710
10 Nelson Piquet Jr Renault 01:34.803
11 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 01:42.310
12 Fernando Alonso Renault 01:42.318
13 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 01:42.500
14 Jarno Trulli Toyota 01:42.771
15 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 01:42.859
16 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 01:32.190
17 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 01:32.251
18 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 01:32.402
19 Sebastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 01:33.559
20 Timo Glock Toyota 01:32.423

Update: Timo Glock drops to 20th after a 3 place penalty for blocking Alonso.

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Webber and Vettel rip through the rulebook in the RB5

February 7th, 2009 No comments

RB5The new Red Bull Racing RB5 is set to be launched on Monday but the team have released a preview video showcasing the new Adrian Newey designed car.

In the animated video, narrated by Sebastian Vettel, the 2008 RB4 morphs into the new look RB5 as each of the rule changes are discussed.

The car also explodes to show the battery-based Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS.)

Vettel’s team mate, Mark Webber, thinks the new RB5 will be one of the most beautiful of the 2009 cars, he told the Austrian paper Salzburger Nachrichten:

[The RB5 is] perhaps the most beautiful of the 2009 class, which under the new regulations was pretty difficult.

How similar the car will look in the flesh will be revealed on Monday but it seems like quite a nice looking car; maybe not as pretty as the McLaren or Ferrari but definitely better than Renault and BMW’s efforts.

21-year-old Vettel will be first to drive the new car on Monday at Jerez with Webber taking over later in the week.

Video: Red Bull Racing

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